Looking to add water games for kids to your summer activity list?
I’ve got you covered with the best water games for kids.
Have you seen the effect water has on cranky, bored children?
Give kids a bucket of soapy water, and the next thing you know, dinner is ready, and kids may also wash your car. Use this in combination with your Breakfast Invitations, and you can drop the mic in summer. – Even if this means we are home all day.
Water games are a must for every age.
RELATED: Here is an entire list of kid activities at home.
Why are water games important?
Playing with substances (such as water) is the foundation of learning.
During the infant and toddler stage, your child explores the physical experiences, using senses to understand better how things in the world fit together. Water games begin this sensory exploration!
Around preschool, children now add social play into the learning and explore substances side by side. They are communicating and making comparisons with their discoveries. As children pour and scoop the water, they are exploring capacity.
When children get to the middle years, they will become more analytical with what they are learning since they had a chance to touch, move, and explore. They are now ready to take the next level with greater ease since they already had the opportunity to explore what water looks like, how it feels, and how water begins to change shape. As an older child learns a new vocabulary word, they can connect it to an experience.
Children can show how what they have learned at the teenage stage, pulling all the learning experiences together.
Water games are a fun and winning way to explore learning through play.
Water and kids are the winning play combinations when the day feels long.
The best part?
Kids do not have a preferred state of matter. Take the water straight from the spout, or freeze it for the following day. – Both work like a charm.
I searched through many of my favorite bloggers to give you this gigantic water play roundup with 35+ ideas. I also typed it all up so you can hang this summer list on your fridge for ideas when you need them.
You are going to want to dive (😂) deep into this activity list.
Here are our favorite water games for kids:
Outdoor Tracks – Days with Grey
Muddy Water Messy Play – Days with Grey
DIY Watercolors – Days with Grey
20+ Ways to Play with Water Beads – Days with Grey
Water Table Kitchen – Happy Toddler Playtime
Flower and Water Sensory Bin – Days with Grey
Water Buttons – Days with Grey
Rainbow Discovery Bottles – The Paige Diaries
Toddler Ice Grab – Happily Ever Mom
Water Bead Relay Race – Days with Grey
Water Transfer – Busy Toddler
Apple Water Scoop and Sort – Days with Grey
Ocean Bin – Days with Grey
Baby Doll Washing Station – The Workspace for Children
Scoop the Limes – Days with Grey
Apple Scoop and Sort – Days with Grey
Nature Soup – Happily Ever Mom
Alphabet Soup – Busy Toddler
Bright and Sour Sensory Bin – Days with Grey
Toy Washing Station – Busy Toddler
Pom Pom Water Station – Happy Toddler Playtime
Squirt the Numbers – Days with Grey
Water Play Pouring Table – Days with Grey
Oil and Water on the Light Table – Happily Ever Mom
10 Ways to Learn and Play with Water – Toddler Approved
Cranberry Water Scoop – Days with Grey
Play on Ketchup and Mustard – Days with Grey
Water Beads – Days with Grey
Water Toys You Need to Own – Busy Toddler
Splash the Alphabet with Water Bottles – Days with Grey
21+ Spray Bottle Water Bottle Activities – Happy Toddler Playtime
Eyeball Soup – Days with Grey
Plastic Egg Water Wall – Teaching Mama
Water Xylophone – Teaching Mama
Frozen Water Beads – Busy Toddler
Duck Race – Fantastic Fun and Learning
The Best Bath Toys – Busy Toddler
DIY Water Color Pens – Happily Ever Mom
Color Sorting Sensory Bin – The Mama Workshop
A Trip Into the Forest with Kids – The Workspace for Children
Scooping Shapes Bubble Water Play – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bottle Cap Fine Motor Gear – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Pool Noodle Water Wall – Teaching Mama
11 Ways to Play with Frozen Water:
Paint the Ice – Days with Grey
Pom Pom Ice Cubes – The Paige Diaries
Rescue the Bears – Days with Grey
Ice Bin Transfer Play – Busy Toddler
Color Your Ice – Days with Grey
Frozen LEGO – Happy Toddler Playtime
Alphabet Ice – Days with Grey
Alphabet Ice Excavation – Teaching Mama
Ice Rocks – Happy Toddler Playtime
Frozen Paint – Busy Toddler
Ice Puzzles – Days with Grey
Ice Melt and Break – Growing Book By Book
Fourth of July Sensory Bin with Ice – Playground Parkbench
Ice Cube Sculptures – Teaching Mama
Rainbow Ice Town Excavation – Fun at Home with Kids
EPIC Water Toys
Here are a few water toys that we (adults too) LOVE to play with!
Additional fun finds on our list of outdoor toys for kids!